When looking at any line-up of new gear it’s always customary to see what the top of the line model offers. Like beginning in the shiny showroom at a sports-car dealer before venturing to the lot next door after you realise your paycheck was missing a few zeroes. The top of the line is usually associated for those that need the very best, and when it comes to the very best in gaming laptops the new Lenovo Legion 7i
(due for release in June) might just be the
gaming laptop of this year.
Not only is it packed with the latest overclocked 10th Gen Intel Core i9 H-Series
processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU with Max-Q
, it’s the first device to feature the innovative battery-saving Advanced Optimus technology developed by NVIDIA that was recently announced
In addition to this, other high-end features like vapor chamber cooling and a redesigned TrueStrike keyboard built for a great responsive feel round out the RGB-lit picture. But, where Lenovo
looks to be going all-in comes with a display that offers VESA DisplayHDR 400, NVIDIA G-SYNC, 500-nits of brightness, and 100% Adobe sRGB
colour accuracy at 240 or 144Hz with a low 1ms response time.
“The new Lenovo Legion 7i (due for release in June) might just be the gaming laptop of this year."
Okay, so that’s quite a bit of tech jargon, but the result is a display that strives for digital creator levels of quality – something rarely seen in the gaming laptop space. Most displays don’t measure their colour rating using the Adobe scale, with the target usually being 100% sRGB or on the high-end of the DCI-P3 scale.
Right, that’s more jargon. What it means is calibration, colour, accuracy, contrast, and brightness worthy of editing a big budget movie on. What’s even more impressive - new and improved displays are coming to the entire Lenovo Legion range. From the sports-car like Legion 7i down to the mainstream Legion 5. The Legion 5 will also offer revisions using the latest AMD Ryzen series of notebook processors that were recently announced
. Very cool.
Going back to the showroom analogy, this is like hitting the lot next door and finding out the hatchback in your price range also comes with leather seats, full reverse camera, GPS, and high-end Bose surround sound as standard. So, let’s take a look at the new Legion range in a bit more detail.
Lenovo Legion 7i
This is the big one, the high-end beast we’ve talked a bit about so far. From a design perspective you get a full metal exterior with more RGB accents than ever thanks to a subtle strip running along the bottom. It continues the sleek and minimal look of the Legion range and weighs in at a backpack friendly 2.2kg.
The vapor chamber cooling as part of Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 also features a thermal sensor array and a dual fan system made up of “73 liquid-crystal polymer fan blades”. Not that we know what that means but the result according to Lenovo will lead to a quieter and cooler gaming laptop. Something we’re keen to check out mainly because gaming laptops, even when quiet are, well, loud.
And of course, there’s the 15” display.
15-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with up to 240Hz refresh rates with under 1ms response time, 500nits brightness, VESA DisplayHDR 400, 100% Adobe sRGB color accuracy, and optional NVIDIA G-SYNC
In addition to the Advanced Optimus as part of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER GPU with Max-Q Design which distributes power between the CPU and GPU per-frame based on demand, the new 80WHr battery is said to offer up to 8-hours of use. Pricing starts from $3,999 AUD with availability expected in June.
Lenovo Legion 5Pi
The Lenovo Legion 5Pi hits the sweet-spot of high-end design but with a more within-reach price. Starting at $2,999AUD you still get the option of a sweet 100% Adobe RGB display with HDR at 240 Hz and 500nits brightness. Where things take a step down is under the hood. Here the option is at max a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (allowing for 2070 option would have been nice to see) and a high-end 10th Generation Intel Core H-series processor.
The look retains the sleek and modern feel of the Legion 5 but with a backlit “Y” logo, or that symbol you see across Legion branding. Its weight comes in at a heftier than the 7i 2.5kg, which is more in-line with current devices. Like the Legion 7i, and the entire range, you get a version of the new Legion TrueStrike keyboard (with four light zones as opposed to the per-key lighting in the 7i) that focuses on tactile response with 100% anti-ghosting in a bid to bring the laptop keyboard more in line with its dedicated mechanical desktop brethren.
The Pi, like the 7i, also comes with a 80WHr battery and the same 8-hour promise. It's priced at $2,999 AUD.
Lenovo Legion 5i and Lenovo Legion 5
When we reviewed the Lenovo Legion Y540
earlier this year we were not only impressed by its value proposition but were also taken aback by the minimal Legion design, great keyboard, and excellent component choices that resulted in great gaming performance. The new Legion 5i and Legion 5 continues this trend with a wide range of options, from Intel to AMD Ryzen 7 4000 H-Series Mobile Processors through to various displays and configurations that feature high 240 or 144Hz refresh rates and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics. All rated with 100% sRGB colour accuracy.
The Intel revisions will start at $2,199 AUD with the first Legion Ryzen laptops starting at $1,999 AUD. Local availability is also expected in June.
Elswhere Lenovo confirmed that its productivity focuses Y740Si Laptop alongside the BoostStation eGPU housing – which we previewed and saw first-hand at CES in January
– are also set to arrive in June alongside a couple of new gaming desktops.